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Under the Unseen Blue Sky in Sydney, Australia

If you’re going through a dark night of the soul, you might as well pass the time in a beautiful place.

That’s what I was thinking as my hour-long Qantas flight from Melbourne began its descent to Sydney. Australia has long been a place of joy and peace for me, and Sydney in particular. Ever since I first stumbled into town five years ago, when I was denied boarding on a flight from Brisbane to Nauru (long story), I’ve been coming back every chance I get.

This time felt different because, well, I’m different. I’ve been judging the days on a 1-10 scale, and I get excited—at least moderately so—when I feel higher than a 3.

And so as the flight lands in Sydney and I take the airport train to the city, bracing myself against an onset of anxiety, I begin my self-talk.

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New Travel Hacking Offers: Earn 100,000 Hilton Honors Points & More


Greetings from paradise, also known as Australia.

I started writing this post from one of my favorite places in the world: the balcony of my room at Park Hyatt Sydney (check out this photo of the sunrise!). I’m staying here with points earned from the Chase Sapphire Preferred, my #1 recommendation for travel rewards cards.

Normally the room would cost $900 a night (!), but naturally my cost is ... $0. I’ve been here over and over, usually at least once a year, and every stay has been “funded” through my points from this card.

And it’s not just here. All over the world, I’ve been able to fly and stay for nearly free, all thanks to the wonders of travel hacking.

All of this is possible for you, too! Or at least it is for many of our readers, who regularly write in to tell me about how they used their points for amazing experiences of their own.

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It’s Okay to Be Who You Are – Forget Approval and Show Your True Colors

“Don’t trade your authenticity for approval.” ~Unknown

How often do you find yourself doing things just because you have to and not because you want to? I’m not talking about the hard work we do to improve at our jobs …

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Simple Ways To Help The People Next Door…And Around The World

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Trying to be a better citizen can be an intimidating and overwhelming idea. Here are some simple, yet effective ways to help people next door and around the world. In recent decades, major advancements in technology have enabled people to be in constant contact with one another, communicating across the globe in seconds. We can […]

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Three Most Accurate Personality Tests You Can Take Online

by Michael Stoddard In 1920 first psychological tests were designed to select people to the armed forces. A personality examination is a special quiz created to reveal psychological features in children and adults. Now questionnaires are taken by most of people to get to know more about their character or simply for fun. Social media...

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Infographic: 5 Reasons to Drink Coffee!

One of my Favorites from Kaldi’s Coffee I’m sure (even at the cusp of certain) that I cold live without coffee. I don’t plan to find out, mind you, but I’m sure I could find a way to muddle through mornings and afternoons without my caffeinated fuel and I suppose I could find a way...

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Winter Wellness & Preventative Health

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The winter season is a tough time for many. We want to hunker down indoors and sleep more. This is the body’s way of saying it’s time to slow down. It also makes it all the more important to take care of ourselves before the cold months hijack our health. So let’s talk a look […]

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How to Let Go When You’re Dwelling on Negative Thoughts

“There is nothing more important to true growth than realizing that you are not the voice of the mind—you are the one who hears it.” ~Michael Singer

My husband and I recently moved into a new home. Shortly after we …

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Why I Now Appreciate Years of Pain and How Gratitude Healed My Life

TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with an account of abuse and may be triggering to some people.

“Hope is faith’s impoverished sister, but it’s a start.” ~Maureen Barberio, Gettin’ Out of Bullytown

My life wasn’t always easy. It’s not always …

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How to Handle Negative Thoughts and Emotions at Work

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No matter how much you love what you do, you’re bound to experience work-related negativity at some point in your career. Whether it’s a particularly difficult project or a coworker that knows just how to push your buttons, negative feelings can result in stress, which is detrimental to work productivity and personal well being. So […]

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